I'm a VERY serious, long-time Red Wings fan (40 years or so) and I think this is one of the most exciting Stanley Cup matchups I've seen. I think this is an exceptionally strong, deep, experienced Red Wings lineup, and the Pens are the best team in the east. They deserve to be in the Cup finals.
If you're not looking forward to matchups like the Wings experienced, hardworking D against the dazzling talent and creativity of "Sid the Kid" and the rest of that turbocharged offense, then you're not a hockey fan. This series is going to be great! Maybe one for the history books.
Aside from my deep love of the Wings, I really can't see a reason to pick between the teams, especially if Franzen is back with his head clear. I think Osgood is the better goalie right now, and the Wings keep-away game is designed to slow offenses like the Pens by starving them for the puck. But Sid and Co. don't need a whole lot of puck time to score.
I can't wait for this one! Bring your "A" game Sid, and let's make it a series we'll talk about 40 years from now!
Red Wings in 7 - in overtime. Off Chris Draper's face.